I know someone who traps and kills squirrels. He could break the law if he hurt a cat
Traps designed to kill squirrels and rodents may hurt or even kill a cat and if so the person who set the trap would be committing a criminal offence and be liable to be prosecuted by the RSPCA in the UK.
I find it bizarre to be honest that a lot of people in the UK hate the grey squirrel and want it to kill it. You see people on golf courses setting traps for squirrels and my neighbour, at my last address, trapped grey squirrels and bludgeoned them to death because they scratched the trees! He is a decent man too. I just don’t get it. Yes, I realise the grey squirrel pushed out the red squirrel but are they to be punished and slaughtered for it?
Bearing in mind that there are a lot of grey squirrels there is real potential for injury to wandering cats if people develop the habit of setting traps.
The small trap in the picture is called a ‘feen trap’. It caught a cat. The cat survived and wandered around with it on his/her head in Cheltenham on May 6th 2015.
It is not illegal to use the feen trap to kill rodents. Also, it is legal to trap and kill a grey squirrel in the UK provided red squirrels are not at risk. This is speciesism but I shan’t go into that.
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